Sunday, March 08, 2009

Gardening Weekend

I cannot believe that in just, what, 3 weeks?, my seed-starting self has produced herbs! And like, voluminous amounts. When I was potting the peat pellets into larger peat pots, I couldn't help but get excited when I saw real little leaves - not just the sprouts - emerging on some of the cilantro, basil, and fennel.

This picture, taken today on a particularly warm and muggy early Spring day, reveals the bulk of my intended 6' x 8' patio garden. The clay pots are temporarily hanging on my wall garden just to demonstrate my engineering ability (read: not so engineer-y), which is tres' portable.

I'm also doing 3 hanging coconut fiber baskets containing cilantro, lime basil, and sweet basil. So far I have successfully produced all of my herbs and have one lavender seedling emerging. That list includes:

  • Cilantro
  • Lime Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary

And I also have 12 tomato plants, which I've started from seed. Yes, tomatoes. I am going to pot 6 of them in 5-gallon buckets and hope that will produce enough. Of course I might get crazy and do all 12 because my ultimate goal here is to not only have fresh produce and herbs for cooking, but also to use for my holiday gift extravaganza. My favorites are the basil, which is why I'm growing so much of it, cilantro (limited growing season - again, reasons for growing more) and the oregano; I'm interested to see what I can do with fennel, and of course am always happy with dill.

I'm also going to share the surplus started herbs with some friends and family. It's an exciting time down South, y'all. Let summer begin!

1 comment:

Michael said...

Okay, I dig around in the dirt every year. I grow the usual things...tomatoes, okra, basil, beans, peppers (bell, jalapeno, banana), onions, rosemary, etc. But what do you do with dill and fennel?

I suggest your next writey blog (as opposed to a talky blog though you could pretend to be P. Allen Smith and do a talky blog) be about recipes using dill and fennel so that I might be so adventurous to put them in my garden which has yet to be planted. I am not so lucky with seeds so I always use seedlings. Exception: lettuce. You just can't transplant lettuce. It must be done with seeds.